Luke Treadaway to star in film A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, scripted by Tim John and directed by Roger Spottiswoode

A film of James Bowen’s best-selling memoir A STREET CAT NAMED BOB scripted by Tim John (Dr Jekyll and Ms Hyde) and directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies, Turner and Hooch, Midnight Sun) will commence production in October. 

A STREET CAT NAMED BOB tells the story of drop-out and busker, James Bowen, who was rescued from drug addiction by his relationship with the stray cat, Bob. James found the lame cat outside his sheltered accommodation and nursed it back to health, then took Bob busking with him. The book spent 76 weeks at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Adam Rolston is producing the film for Shooting Script Films, with Tim Smith and Paul Brett of Prescience (The King’s Speech, The Guard) on board as executive producers and financiers.

Luke Treadaway and Ruta Gedmintas will star in the lead roles. Luke recently won an Olivier Award for his performance in the stage version of The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time and has appeared in the films Clash of the Titans and Attack the Block. Ruta is known for FX series The Strain.

Tim John and Roger Spottiswoode are represented at Blake Friedmann by Conrad Williams.

For more information on the film, see these links:

The Guardian

Screen Daily

Variety

 

Gaby Chiappe's THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF on the Brit List 2014

Gaby Chiappe's feature film adaptation of the novel THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF by Lissa Evans has been selected for this year's Brit List.

The list is a collection of hot, unproduced screenplays, which are selected by a mixture of UK producers, agents, distributors and sales companies.

This year, there were 140 entries but only 34 scripts made it onto the final list, so it's a fantastic achievement.

THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF is with Number 9 Films, Wildgaze Films and BBC Films, and is scheduled to go into production next year. It's a romantic comedy featuring a love story set against the making of a propaganda film during World War II.

The novel was selected for the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, so the accolades are stacking up for this story already. Watch this space for more news on the feature film.